| Jan 30, 2015
| 9:38 PM
For years, animal activists have campaigned to free a killer whale that was captured from Puget Sound waters in 1970 and has been performing at Miami Seaquarium in Florida for over four decades.
They say the orca known as Lolita belongs to a small...
| Feb 3, 2015
| 4:34 PM
Recent satellite images revealed a much greener California following a series of December storms that brought much-needed rain to the parched state.
California was visibly greener in images taken Jan. 31 from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting...
| Feb 28, 2015
| 12:21 PM
Three recently retired senior federal agents expressed concern last week about the lack of resources to investigate the black market fishing industry.
Their message came weeks before the Obama administration is expected to issue recommendations to better...
| Feb 25, 2015
| 7:08 AM
And you thought all NOAA does is track hurricanes.
Turns out, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - parent agency of the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service - is pretty handy with a measuring stick.
| Feb 23, 2015
| 1:23 PM
It is so cold this winter that the five Great Lakes are freezing over, joining Niagara Falls in a dramatic ice makeover.
Lake Erie is nearly totally frozen and Lake Superior and Lake Huron aren’t far behind. Large swaths of Lake Michigan and...
| Feb 23, 2015
Scientists have a handle on what happens to air pollution spewing from tailpipes and smokestacks in the summer when sunlight and moisture can quickly interact with and transform key pollutants.
They know far less about what happens to those pollutants...
| Feb 18, 2015
| 3:45 PM
Nearly 1,000 abandoned California sea lions have washed ashore this year in what rehabilitation centers say is a growing crisis for the animals.
Emaciated and dehydrated sea lions, mostly pups about 8 months old, have been admitted in record numbers...
| Feb 16, 2015
| 11:28 AM
In the years since its Deepwater Horizon oil spill befouled huge stretches of the Gulf of Mexico, oil giant BP has honed its skill at cherry-picking scientific studies to duck responsibility for the spill's environmental impacts.
Its latest effort...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 9:05 PM
In 1854, six years before the Civil War, the U.S. government first mapped the South Florida coastline, primarily to mark the depth of shoreline waters and prevent ships from breaking up on rocks.
The map didn't show much other than obscure landmarks...
| Feb 14, 2015
| 5:00 AM
Finally, it had arrived: the long band of atmospheric water vapor from the tropics that scientists were eager to examine from every conceivable angle.
"This is the big blockbuster event," Cmdr. Mark Sweeney said shortly before he guided a federal...
| Jan 28, 2015
| 10:15 AM
If you listen to climate change skeptics, Earth’s surface hasn’t warmed appreciably in the last 15 years, and any "record" set last year is just the result of the planet doing what the planet naturally does.
It turns out they’re right,...